Amanda Black gives us another wonderful blog post on her perspective of the Fosse Master Class Series and what it means to her and fellow participant Anna Schnaitter.
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This summer the The Fosse Master Class Series was honored to have the one and only Louise Quick teach “The Manson Trio” from Bob Fosse’s original production of Pippin. Louise worked with Fosse in pre-production on all the dance numbers for that show. She later went on to London with Gene Foote to stage that production of Pippin.
All this week the Fosse Master Class Series is taking on learning The Frug from Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity at Manhattan Movement and Art….Today the morning session was graced with Fosse veterans Carolyn Kirsch and Penny Worth sitting in on the class. Just next door Donna McKecknie, Baayork Lee, and Margo Sappington were filming their signature number from Promises Promises…Turkey Lurky Time. All three ladies stopped by class for a quick run through of what Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford had taught the “Fosse Kids” so far. Just another day of Broadway legends…..OMG!!!!!
I am still reeling from the shear force of talent known as Chita Rivera ..Tonight was one of those nights in theater that are too far and few between….Chita’s tribute to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was OFF THE CHAIN YA”LL…So great to be with Valarie Pettiford, Dana Moore, Mary Callahan, and Roumel Reaux representing The Verdon Fosse Estate …..loved sitting next to Andrea Burns while watching my West Side Story buddies Robert Montano, Ramon Del Barrio, and Richard Amaro, and Fosse Master Class teacher Lloyd Culbreath back up Chita….oh yes I’m dropping names…saw John Sefakis, Harvey Evans, Jim Caruso,Kevin Spirtas, Charles Scatamocchia, divalish Carol Schuberg, Jerry McIntyre….and ….Fosse Master Class participants Gabriela Garcia of R.Evolucion Latina, Olivia Bowman Jackson, and Abdur-Rahim Jackson.
In the words of Dana Moore..”it was such a magnificent, once in a lifetime, spirit lifting event!”
Steve Jones, Fosse Master Class Series, Assistant to Nicole Fosse
Great highlights video of the evening below. At the 1:58 mark Chita pays tribute to Gwen Verdon while singing “Nowadays” from the Broadway musical Chicago.
Broadway World sat down with Broadway veterans, Lloyd Culbreath (DANCIN;’ BIG DEAL; SOPHISTICATED LADIES; THE TAP DANCE KID; HONKY TONK NIGHTS; ANYTHING GOES; GUYS AND DOLLS; CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER’S LIFE; NO STRINGS, Encores; HOUSE OF FLOWERS, Encores; CARNIVAL, Encores; PROMISES, PROMISES, Encores; MAN OF LA MANCHA, Asst. Choreo.; ON THE TOWN, Asst. Choreo.) and Valarie Pettiford (TV/Film actress; CHICAGO, as Velma, London with Chita Rivera; SHOW BOAT Revival Tour, Julie; 30th Anniversary Tour of WEST SIDE STORY, Anita; SOPHISTICATED LADIES; GRIND; BIG DEAL; FOSSE, Tony Nominee), to discuss their efforts to preserve Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography for the next generation of dancers. The pair held an exclusive Fosse Workshop in early February and invited fifty professional dancers to learn the signature style and articulation of Fosse choreography. Nicole Fosse, the Director and Artistic Advisor for the Verdon Fosse Estate, remarked, “I want this current generation of working dancers to get the best possible people teaching them my father’s material. There are so many false impressions out there of what my father’s style and technique is…By using Estate sanctioned teachers, I feel a new generation of dancers will have a much cleaner understanding of performing Fosse material.” Continue reading
In 1965, The Nederlanders turned New York City’s famed Palace Theatre into a legitimate theatrical stage for the opening of Sweet Charity starring Gwen Verdon.
Gwen Verdon played the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer at a dance hall called the “Fan-Dango Ballroom” in Times Square, New York City.
Below pictured front cover of the 1966 original Broadway production program of Sweet Charity reading in part: Continue reading